California school district spending and test scores

Chula Vista Elementary School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does Chula Vista Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,249   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

848   Median: 783

$8,249 spent per student ($184.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Bella Vista Elementary $8,258
Keyes Union Elementary $8,254
Salinas Union High $8,250
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
Azusa Unified $8,248
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
East Side Union High (23,456.70) $8,671
Ontario-Montclair Elementary (22,090.50) $8,340
Chula Vista Elementary (22,356.60) $8,249
Palm Springs Unified (22,294.30) $8,164
Colton Joint Unified (22,137.90) $7,936
Torrance Unified (23,617.30) $7,505
Chaffey Joint Union High (23,706.50) $7,465
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Diego Unified $9,855
Grossmont Union High $9,325
South Bay Union Elementary $9,054
San Ysidro Elementary $8,475
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
National Elementary $8,128
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
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848 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Knightsen Elementary 848
Templeton Unified 848
Freshwater Elementary 848
Chula Vista Elementary 848
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified 847
Pioneer Union Elementary 847
Mckittrick Elementary 846
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Torrance Unified (23,617.30) 853
Chula Vista Elementary (22,356.60) 848
Chaffey Joint Union High (23,706.50) 747
Ontario-Montclair Elementary (22,090.50) 740
East Side Union High (23,456.70) 736
Palm Springs Unified (22,294.30) 733
Colton Joint Unified (22,137.90) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Chula Vista Elementary 848
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
National Elementary 789
San Diego Unified 785
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
San Ysidro Elementary 782
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A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12